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we agreed to in trying the projections into law quickly and work out a package of her security excluding the wall that is acceptable to both sides. at the white house briefing, press secretary sarah sanders discussed the relationship with democrats in congress and a push tax reform. this is a half hour. sanders: good afternoon. regarding the ongoing relief efforts in the wake of hurricane irma and harvey.
sustaining operations are still underway, we encourage everyone in the designated areas in florida, order rico, and the u.s. virgin islands to register t --ne at disasc disasterassistance.gov the president was pleased that members of all sides of the aisle came together under his leadership to provide critical relief and he has continued that bipartisanship this week. last night he hosted republican and democratic senators to discuss advancing's desk priority, the importance of delivering tax cuts and reform for the middle class. the president will also host schumer and policy for a bipartisan discussion on the upcoming legislation agenda with a focus on tax reform.
historic tax reform is one of the most significant ways we will jumpstart our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for all americans. i would like to announce that frank from virginia whose letter i read last month offering his services to promote the white house lawn will be here friday. he will work for the groundskeeping crew here at the white house and will cut the grass. the president is committing to keeping the american dream alive and we are all looking forward to having him here. with that i will take your questions. this is a very productive meeting that the president and senator both wanted to have something to discuss of
potential solutions moving forward to bring the country together focused on unity. priorities forn the legislative agenda moving into the fall. >> did senator scott this -- expresses displeasure to the initial reaction to charlottesville? >> they talked about it in depth but the focus was primarily on solutions moving forward. that is what both people came to the meeting wanting to discuss. what we can do to bring people together, not talk about divisions in the country. joe manchin said in his perfect world you get 30 democratic senators and 30 republican agreeing on a plan. does the planet -- president believe he can get a 30 democratic senators and still sticks to his principles? >> america hopes he can. for the sake of most americans the goal -- i would set the sights higher in that you have every member come together to
help pass massive tax cuts and bring tax reform to this country. the president's dinner tonight with schumer and policy. in the past the president has called chuck schumer a clown, policy a loser. now he recognizes he needs them. how does that work, what changed? >> is more about the president wanting to work with them and wanting to work this country forward. many times before, we have a very ambitious legislative agenda for this fall. the president wants to work with anybody who wants to work america forward. part of the conversation on tax cuts and tax reform, responsible immigration reform. do they view them as equal allies on the hill for getting things on par with mcconnell and ryan? >> the present is a republican. that is a cleaner
matchup. if these people and individuals, to class or republicans want to to come together to push the clearly the american people want to see or they would not have elected donald trump. we are certainly happy to have that conversation and move that forward. out know the president came today but a lot of people believe that may not come to pass. anator alexander introduced bill in the stabilizing markets. could the president support a bill like that or does it have to be a full-scale repeal? what does the president make of democrats efforts on single-payer? >> the president as well as the majority of the country knows that the single-payer system the democrats are proposing is a horrible idea. i cannot think of anything worse than having government be more involved in your health care
instead of less involved. the president is focused on looking at ways for governments to get out of the way. people have more control over their own health care and looking at ways to repeal and replace. we want to move the system forward and make sure we are in a place that is sustainable and we have a health care system that works. that people who are under that system actually have a say in for it >> obviously i'm not just saying single-payer -- we have to seen -- >> we are going not weigh in on a have available will -- on a hypothetical bill. cracks i believe the vice anothert is hosting dinner at his residence with other members of congress. we will get more details to you later today. oni wanted to follow-up statements you made yesterday about james comey. he said his conduct could have
been illegal. i was wondering what specifically you were referring to. contain private information. >> the memos were created on an fbi computer while he was the director. he claims they were private property. they clearly follow the waterfall of enough the eye document. caseng fbi memos on a violates federal laws including the privacy act. standard fbi employment and nondisclosure agreement. cleark that is clean and that that's would be a violation. >> what he wants to have an? >> -- what do you want to happen? >> i think the facts are very clear. >> following up on that. you're not saying the justice department should not look into his acts believe that
of leaking those memos were illegal? >> they have to look at the context of whether or not something is illegal. that is not up to me to decide. what i am talking about are facts. information,eaking questionable statements under of, politicizing an investigation, those are real reasons for why he was fired and the decision was 100% right which we have said multiple times over and over and in fact the more and more we learn the more and more that has been vindicated. details onave any whether the president will be going tomorrow to florida were anything? >> he will be in naples and fort myers. as soon as those final details are locked in a we will keep you posted. at the president's mind changed about the initial
statement, should he have been more forceful? will he signed the bipartisan resolution? >> the president was clear in his vessel statement that he condemned hatred, bigotry, racism of all forms. to stick to that message. he has been very consistent in that. he and a senator talked about that. they agreed that was the appropriate place to be. in terms of whether or not he will find a joint resolution, he looks forward to doing that. >> they said he would not up old the conservatives. why see meeting with the two of ?hem,
>> it is disingenuous for people say his only meeting with democrats. the president is the leader of the republican party. he was elected by republicans. he beat out 16 candidates to take that mantle on. one of the strongest voices. that the republican party ideas are not represented in that room is ridiculous. 's immigration going to come up and will the president consider reaching some deal similar to the extension with democrats? >> i would not be surprised if it came up tonight but i am not going to get ahead of the conversations that are going to take place later this evening. keep you posted on what those look like. nomination,ng his does the white house know about the audit when the president nominated? >> we are not going to get into the back and forth.
fema is on the safety and security of those affected by the hurricane. we are not going to go down rep holes on personnel when our focus is on that right now. cbs thehis morning on president was adamant that the tax reform would not be a tax cut for the rich. what on what basis was the president able to make that promise? is he pledging to hold the tax rate at 39.6%? how can he assure americans the rich will not get a tax cut? >> the priority is on the middle class, helping grow the middle class. create jobs. some will find the system. he laid out those principles and that is where his focus in and that is what he's going to push for. >> about bernie sanders health he wanted ad program that would allow for insurance for everyone. that would leverage medicaid and
medicare ability to control drug prices. bernie sanders is offering a plan that will do that. why is the president not supporting it? >> not only does the president not supported america does not supported or bernie sanders would be sitting in the oval office right now. he pushed these ideas during the campaign. they were rejected. not just by america but democrats. he did not make it into the oval. that is a pretty clear indication of what america wants to see and it is not a single-payer system. >> there are some democrats who are confused. if the president was serious about creating a bipartisan tax is that thehinking president would also be meeting with ranking members for the ways and means and the finance committee in advance of the disclosure of the consensus at the end of september. can you describe the president
fear about how to create a bipartisan tax plan? does he want ideas from democrats or does he just want democrats to buy into the plan that hatch will reveal? >> the mere fact that he was sitting down with multiple members of the democrat party shows that he wants to have that conversation. i don't think you can make that any more clear than to have .hose ongoing conversations >> how soon will be federal whatnment be able to -- kind of additional aid might be necessary to address the destruction in florida in terms of what congress may be presented with? >> we are still in recovery and until we get further in the put estimatesill up there with precision. i imagine that takes us more
time once we have those numbers with bullet you know. united states is a spearheading a meeting at the u.n. monday on you and reform. could you give me specifics on what the united states hopes to accomplish in that meeting? >> i'm not going to get ahead of the meetings that are going to take place but i can tell you mcmasterriday jennifer -- mr. mcmaster will talk in more detail about the assembly and meetings next week. questions, a follow-up to the presidents meeting he had with senator scott this month. after the president's response to the white supremacist rally in charlottesville, senator scott said that president trump's moral authority was compromised. in terms of the conversation that they had, does the didn'tnt understand what
that response? >> they had an open conversation and committed to continuing those and making sure that today was just the first step. i think that will be an ongoing process. an ongoing conversation they have. >> with the meeting that is taking place this evening with democratic leaders from congress, what has been the reaction you have seen from the supporters that were on board for the trunk bandwagon from the bandwagon?ump >> being a good deal maker and being able to sit down with of sites and bring a deal and good it legislation for the american people. this is not new. people listened and heard the president and supported him and that is why he is here today. >> two different questions on two subjects.
earlier remarks about the repeal and replace legislation would seem to rule out white house support for a flat out .epeal are you ruling out or discouraging a deal measure? >> we have not ruled out anything that helps move this process forward. the effortsful for continuing in congress. what they promised the american people they will do. that is not just repeal but also replace. appointed 42ent u.s. attorneys and it has been reported fairly widely that only one of them was a woman. the district of columbia. former democratic appointed u.s. calling thislabama a slap in the face.
what is the reaction of the white house? has think the president surrounded himself with strong women in various positions including myself in a pretty high position in the administration. senior levels every day and i think that is a very positive step forward considering that is the first time in history that has happened. it was reported today that mike flynn junior is the subject of a federal investigation into election meddling. is the president concerned someone will on his -- someone on his transition team is under investigation? >> i will refer you to outside counsel. >> clinton wished president trump was president for all americans.
it you have reaction to this characterization of the president role in the white house? >> that type of misunderstanding of who this president is and a misunderstanding of what he has been doing is exactly one of the reasons that hillary clinton is not the president. book with aushing a lot of narratives and false blame onns and placing a lot of other people instead of accepting it herself. >> the second round of negotiations on have to. president been briefed on the second round? is he happy with the result? is he still considering canceling the agreement? ongoing and a final decision has not been made. they will continue to push forward and make sure that the best deal possible for americans
and american workers happens. last times the president spoke -- >> i'm not aware of any conversation that is taken place in quite a long time. one up also invite mitch mcconnell and paul ryan? >> you have the leader of the republican party sitting at the table. this is the president to have a very open and honest conversation with members of the senate. anyone get tries to turn it into anything other than that is misunderstanding the purpose. if -- >>are you saying are you saying that message would be distorted? >> anyone who thinks a republican viewpoint is not being represented as completely misunderstanding that the president is the leader of the republican party.
>> is the president negotiating on the behalf of the republican leadership in this meeting? >> he's negotiating on behalf of the american people. guys keephat you trying to distort this into a bad thing is exactly why this president was elected. they are tired of business as usual and wanted somebody who would break up the status quo that would bring people from both sides of the table to go to have conversations. this president has done more for bipartisanship in the last eight days than obama in eight years. >> they talked about tax form, they talked about moving to looking at different ways to bring the country together and continue an ongoing conversation. make sure the state in constant contact and had open conversations.
hbcus were not discussed today. sources saying there was a conversation about requests from black republicans to have a high-ranking black republican within the ministration who hows issues and understands washington works. was that a conversation in this meeting? >> there are certainly conversations about adding additional personnel that can tap into the african-american community. >> where did that go? >> a commitment to absolutely work with senator scott. exactly that.o for the two of them to continue to have those conversations from his viewpoint. certain issues are certain people as related to that topic about bringing new --? >> people do not come up. >> the president campaigned on
corporate tax rate of 15%. steve mnuchin said i don't know if we will be able to achieve he said the president was prepared to push freight low rate. mick mulvaney said he spoken to the president and the president was adamant about 15%. is the official position 15% needs to happen or that all of this is subject to negotiation? >> 15% has always been the goal. we are going to continue pushing for that. that certainly has not changed. >> secondly, with talking tonight with pelosi and schumer wanted things they want is not -- the wealthiest americans. that is a mark they have drawn in the sand. is the president open to not having tax cuts as one thought? >> the focus has never been on the wealthy. it has been on tax cuts for the
middle class and tax reform as a whole. that continues to be his priority and will come through. since you raised the issue of mrs. clinton's book having a false narrative could you point us to a couple of pacific accusations in the book that you believe are factually incorrect? >> the biggest one is any place where she laid blame for the loss on anybody but herself >> the president issued a statement on myanmar and the persecution of the muslim population. i know that topic came up yesterday. i'm wondering whether the president feels as a figure of great moral stature he should be more forthright in condemning what is happening in that part of the country ? >> anytime anyone sees that taking place public condemnation
is certainly appropriate. from going to continue working with our allies and partners to be part of the process in whatever way we can. >> you mentioned a couple of times, the west wing being very clear. i want to read a comment from an influential sportscaster who said donald trump, the white supremacist, surrounds himself with other white supremacists as a result of white supremacy. he is unqualified to be president. do you have a reaction to that? >> that is the more outrageous, if anyone can make and certainly something i think is a viable defense by espn. >> if the president was so clear why do you think that influential african-american figures are saying things like that. >> i will not speak for that individual but i think -- i know the president has met with senator scott who is a highly
respected leader in the african-american community. he is committed to bring the country together. that is where we need to be focused not on outrageous statement like that one. >> thank you. you said the president has been more for bipartisanship than obama in eight years. are you basing that off of meetings he held with the democrats? >> fact that he is willing to sit down with members of the opposite already. something obama rarely did. totainly didn't listen members of the opposite party. i can't think of a single time he made a deal with anybody from the opposite side. anybody beyond the democrat party. this president is committing to do that. he is continuing to do that as we move into one of the most ambitious legislative agendas we have had in a long time and we are committed to working with democrats with both stated that
publicly and in those meetings that he will continue to have. believe it president is not a mistake to invest more time in energy at an earlier stage in his term? >> i think right now we are at a critical time where we have big things on the agenda. tax reform, responsible immigration reform. he's committed to working with republicans and stem to work this through. thank you so much. the president will be having a event here momentarily. >> join us as the c-span cities tour in cooperation with our comcast partners takes book tv and american history tv to concord, new hampshire as we highlight the history, politics, and literary life of the capital
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